Elegant Half Up

Elegant Half Up

I’ve gotten a lot of requests for fancy hairstyles (for weddings or other formal events) so I thought this would be a simple way for you to pull your hair half up! It can be done on curly or straight hair. And also on any thickness!
All you’ll need are some bobby pins, a comb, and some hair spray! I had my hair styled like the Bouncy Curled Under, but it had been brushed out a bit 😉
Enjoy! :)


  1. Anonymous says

    I love, love your blog and all of your hair tips:) I am now curling my hair and I am excited that I am getting better at it! I wish you could come do my hair sometime:)I tried to watch your elegant half up and it says that the video is private? Is there a way to watch?

    • says

      Dear, Kate
      Hey, my name is Briana and i always had the hardest times doing something to my hair because its really thick and curly but after see your hair styles i get complements everyday on my hair…and when homecoming comes around next school year you can expect me to have the prettiest hair there when i do the half up braids.. Thank you so much for everything you really help me boost myself confidences by teaching hair makeup and so much more :)

    • Anonymous says

      First you can not spell and second why would you do this are a wedding hairstyle because it is to simple and plan for a wedding!

    • Anonymous says

      First of all, you can’t spell either. Second of all, she said FOR a wedding not for her own wedding. You’re ridiculous.

    • says

      What is wrong with simple for a wedding? I’m sorry, but there is a LOT to stress about for weddings and doing a simple but cute hairstyle like this means less time panicking before the ceremony and turning into bridezilla. NOT to mention the fact that simple is often times more elegant that the girls that put in hours and hours into their hair. This looks like she actually put some effort into and is classy.

  2. Steph says

    Thanks for fixing it! I was the anonymous earlier…. I don’t have a blog and never sure how to post comments! Can’t wait to try! Although….it will take me much longer then yours did! Thanks again!

  3. says

    Hey Kate! I have seen your pictures all over pinterest lately. I decided to check out your blog and realized you are from Raleigh! I might be late to the game…where is your new studio?

  4. Anonymous says

    do you have a tutorial on how to get your hair to stay with the weaves? or is it just a ton of hair spray…super cute regardless and I am desperate for new looks for my short hair :)

  5. says

    Anonymous: I’m not sure I understand the question. Are you talking about this style pictured above? Are you able to see the video tutorial?

    If you are just talking about finished spray, I do use a good amount of hair spray. But also, have your hair sprayed a bit before you start pulling it back so you can get a little “grab” on the Bobby pins!

    Hope this helps!

  6. says

    Tried this today with wet curly hair and it turned out SO cute! Thank you so much for the tutorials and tips. Found you on pinterest and have been hooked every since. Thank you thank you thank you!

  7. Jami says

    I went to get some balloons for my sons birthday party tonight, and the lady at Kroger had her hair done like this. I HAD to ask her how to do it, and she told me about your blog! LOVE IT!

  8. says

    Thank you! I am the newest follower of your blog. :) I love to find new ways to do my hair. I will try and see if I can make it look as nice as you. You make it look easy. Very helpful video!

  9. says

    Found your blog thru Sugar Bee…and so grateful for your tips. I have never liked my hair, and not really known what to do with it. I think I’m motivated to try harder, now. Thank you so much.

  10. says

    Found this on pintrest yesterday. After 20+ tries (granted, some of them were hindered by wine consumption… haha) I finally mastered this! SUPER cute. My hair is way too long to tuck under, so the ends are loose. I’m going out tonight, so I’m just going to curl the remaining hair and hope it looks ok. LOVE your blog, and will definitely be trying more styles!

  11. says

    I love this but am wondering if it would work as well for long(er) hair. Mine is almost to my bra line when it’s straight. It curls well too though, and I have a friend’s wedding coming up! So happy I found this blog.

  12. Anonymous says

    I love your hair tutorial! Your hair is the same lenght as mine, and you gave me tons of ideas for ways to make it different quickly. I have two kids, so I need quick hair-dos that are easy and cute.

  13. says

    Hi Kate, I just found you through Mine for the Making. LOVE your hair tutorial. I’m going to try it right now! Your blog is awesome! I’m your newest follower. Have a great week! = )

    ~ Catie

    Stop by and say hi sometime.

  14. says

    I just found you on Southern Lovely and your blog is officially my new fave. Your hair is gorgeous and I LOVE all your tutorials. My hair is a similar style to yours so I cannot wait to try some of these things out!

  15. Anonymous says

    Kate, your hair is gorgeous and this tutorial was wonderful. I found you on pinterest and am a new follower! I thought I heard you say in the video that you use a special kind of bobby pin to get more grip– if so, can you share the brand? Thanks!

  16. Anonymous says

    Just wanted to say thanks so much for the tutorials- I’ve never had short hair before and after a visit to a well known salon in a new town, I now have unwanted short hair, lots of tears, and no clue what to do with it. But now that I have seen some of your videos and how adorable it looks on you, I’m willing to give it a try and see what I can do with it. Thanks so much!!!

  17. Anonymous says

    Wow, I am going to try this today! Easy, fast, and pretty – just what I like and need! Thanks so much for posting this, you’re a natural in front of the camera and as a teacher!

  18. says

    Just found this on Pinterest, and I’m SO excited to have found not only this hairstyle but your blog! I’m going to do my hair like this for family pictures this weekend, thanks for solving the huge dilemma I was having over what to do with my hair! :)

  19. Anonymous says

    Just came across your site via Pintrest and immediately tried it. I am a ponytail everyday girl (because it’s all I know how to do) and this turned out awesome! Great tutorial! Thanks!

  20. Carrie says

    Love this Blog, and you explain everything so well, that I was able to do a similar version of this on my short A-Line bob that I am in the process of growning out.

  21. says

    Hi Kate! I found you via Pinterest… I loved your picture and tutorial for the elegant half up. I am pretty worthless when it comes to doing my own hair… On the first try it was so easy and it looks great! thank you!

  22. says

    thanks so much for this tutorial- I and some friends found you via Pinterest, and for the first time in a long time, I’m doing something different with my mid-back length hair other than a ponytail. I wore this style to church this morning and got rave reviews from all the other ladies. I can’t wait to see what other styles I can try.

  23. says

    Great tutorials! Thanks for the inspiration. I’m good hair-impaired, but you make it look so easy that I’ll continue to try new things!

  24. Lindsay Blanton says

    I’m in college and I LOVE doing different things with my hair everyday. Your website is the first one that I can actually follow and make senes of! I have done 4 of your hairstyles this week, yesterday I did the chic up do and today I did this style and 3 people recognized the hairstyle from Pintrest! I was so happy that I got it to look like you have yours and I also recommended your blog to 4 different people today, I hope that they pay you a visit! :) LOVE THIS BLOG!

  25. Anonymous says

    Hi Kate! I’ve always been intimidated by styles such as this but thanks to you I was able to pull this off and can’t wait to try the others! :)

  26. says

    I just wanted to say thank you for this tutorial!! I used this as my wedding hairstyle last month, but added in large barrel curls. It was absolutely gorgeous and I received so many compliments! You can See a very poor quality cell phone picture by clicking my name. Its all I have until we get our pics back from the photographer. Thanks again!

  27. says

    I tried this hairdo today and it turned out so amazing! You’re tutorial video helped me so much!

    I’ve had tons of compliments at work today too about how cute my hair looks! I’ll definitely be sending some people your way :)

  28. says

    Thank you so much for all of the awesome tutorials! I have a question for you about hiding the bobby pins. No matter how hard I try, it always seems the whole bobby pin is visible….any tips on getting just the end of the bobby pin to show??

  29. Anonymous says

    I love your tutorials! I notice your hair looks like it has something in ti to give it some texture. My hair is thick and very slick so it slides out of the bobby pins easy. What do you use in your hair? What would you recomend for me to help keep my hair in the bobby pins?

  30. says

    This is fabulous! I’ve seen tons of blogs for doing kids hair, but I’ve wanted to find something to do my own! Thanks for your step by step break downs and adorable styles!

  31. says

    Hi Kate! You’re amazing! My hair is about the length of yours. It is very thick but extremely fine. It doesn’t seem to ever want to do anything like this. It doesnt even tease very well. Do you have any suggestions on what I could do to help it out?

  32. Anonymous says

    in the end you mention that you could put the bottom in a messy bun, if you were going to a wedding or something…can you show how to do that?

  33. Anonymous says

    Thank you so very much for taking the time to post these videos! They are amazing. I have Shoulder length hair was was clueless on what to do with it. Now I am super excited because of your posts. You have made them so your hair styles can be recreated. Love it!

  34. Anonymous says

    I did this to my hair before work today ! I was so excited at how quick and easy it was. I found myself giving on the spot tutorials at work because everyone loved it! Thanks …ps…i love your bangs..and the volume in your hair…i can never seems to get the side swipe look..is there a trick to that …and also what type of hair products to recommend to lift the roots :)

  35. says

    I am a nurse, so I consider myself an intelligent person. But I am a complete moron when it comes to hair. Thanks for posting this and breaking it down!

  36. Anonymous says

    I am a new follower of your blog! An I have to say that I LOVE it!:) I started using all of the products that you use and I enjoy them very much! I love this look! It works great!
    I have shorter hair, I was wonderIng if there is any way to create an up do that looks right, and not look like I have a two inch tail on the back of my head?

  37. Jene says

    Just new to pinterest and stumbled across your blog. Thank you so much for taking the time to do these. You make it look easy and some of them are. I did the half up one today and even going out in the wind it stayed in and tidy all day. Thanks again and keep them coming.

  38. says

    I just found your blog on pinterest-i love it! You make me want to get up at 5 every morning and take the time to do my hair and makeup, again. I used to work retail/cosmetics and didn’t have to be to work until 10 at the earliest. Oh and I lived 5 minutes from work. I now leave home at 6:45 at the latest to work at a credit union. I like my current job, but LOVED being a beauty advisor :)

  39. Anonymous says

    I love your blog! I am not very skilled at doing anything with my hair, aside from scrunching it or straightening it, so it’s nice that you made a blog for unskilled people like me, with simple ways to make cute hairstyles! Thank you! <3

    ~ Jojo

  40. Anonymous says

    My hair’s about 4-5 inches longer than yours, what should I do to hide the ends? They don’t tuck up like that and look a little funny. :) Any ideas?

    -Mom to be

  41. Anonymous says

    i have long hair and love your idea, but mine turns out kinda wonky. is this style made for short haired people only?

  42. says

    I will be trying this tonight for church! It’s so beautiful and I really hope I can get it to work with my hair! Thank you for creating such easy how-to tutorials to help us all!

  43. becca says

    I dont know if this is a common request or anything but i would love to know how you style your hair and what products you use before the tutorials (:

  44. Sarah S says

    Let me just say that I LOVE your blog. I am not really into following blogs, but after my discovery of my new addiction, pinterest, I quickly discovered you! And my hair has never looked so awesome. I love this hairstyle! I have naturally curly hair, which I frequently wear straight but this works on both styles. Absolutely love it!

  45. Jimmie says

    I fold you on pinterest and I am addicted! I LOVE YOUR TUTORIALS!! I have tried several of your styles and had all good compliments!! Thanks for sharing!

  46. says

    I just tried this on my hair and I was nervous because my hair is considerably longer but it worked like a charm! I love this style and will definitely be adding it to my repertoire! I love your blog! Thanks for sharing!

  47. says

    Hi Kate! I ran across you on Pinterest today and I’m hooked, lol! I’m kind of a plain Jane and never do anything with my hair, so I can’t wait to try some of your styles :)

  48. says

    I found you via Pinterest as well. My hair is real long and I have a ton of it! I struggle with things to do to it besides the messy bun or wearing it straight. I did the half-up for church yesterday and felt so pretty!! My husband even thought it looked nice. It actually worked. I only wish I had known about your blog for my younger brother’s wedding last fall :)

    I really appreciate your personal testimony, as well. Maybe it sounds corny, but God used it like a little hug for me :) I can struggle a lot with not feeling pretty or “good enough.” Thanks!

  49. says

    I went and got my hair cut today and showed my hair girl a picture of your bangs, she said “Is that the girl from Pinterest?” Of course, I said yes, and the two hairstylists there raved about this hair style, and how much they love it! :)

  50. Candiss says

    I love love love your blog! I like to think I am pretty good at doing my own hair so I have been trying some of your styles and they work so well. I wore the elegant half up yesterday to my prenatal appointment and the normally frosty receptionist was going on and on about how much she loved it! My hair is thick and down to the top of my behind so I have to use A LOT of bobby pins but your instructions are so good that I can still manage the styles. Thanks also for the video on using the volume mouse, I could never get that right.

  51. Anonymous says

    Hello! I write from Monterrey, Mexico. I am writing to congratulate you and thank you for sharing all your secrets and tricks of hairstyles, I am fascinated! Both my hair cut today as yours haha hope to follow in your footsteps. Thanks!

  52. Anonymous says

    i absolutely LOVE this! i was looking for a hairstyle for my date for valentine’s day since i have a very difficult time with my hair, and this is definitely what i’m going to be using! thanks for all the awesome tips!

  53. Anonymous says

    I absolutely LOVE watching all of these tutorials! My hair is a little bit shorter but you’re giving me so many ideas so that my hair doesn’t always look the same! I love it! Keep them coming!

  54. Anonymous says

    You have great tutorials! I am wondering if you have any suggestions for a professional hairstyle that works for long hair and could be worn to a medical interview?

  55. Kaitlynn says

    I love your blog it’s amazing! I have the same length hair, I could never do anything with it now I can do so much. Thank you!

  56. Kaitlynn says

    I love your blog it’s amazing! I have the same length hair, I could never do anything with it now I can do so much. Thank you!

  57. Loring says

    Thank you so much for this style posting. I had an out of state hairdresser follow it for my son’s wedding with decorative hair pins to rave reviews. You can see the outcome on my Pinterest ‘Wedding Trifecta’ Board– I’m the mom with all 3 kids getting married inside of 7 months and our hair is almost identical. Next up, I need a style that is resilient to winds for a tropical destination wedding in early May. Any ideas?

  58. says

    I love this style so much!! For some reason I am determined to make it a go-to style for myself, but I CANNOT get the first section to stay put!! I have super thick hair, and I try to take a smallish section of hair but I just can’t get it secured well enough. I have tried your tip of putting bobby pins in “upside down” and that does help, but it just doesn’t stay!! Any tips?

  59. Anonymous says

    I love your utube instructions on how to style your hair! Thank you! I’m going to let my hair grow out like yours. Love your hair!

  60. says

    I just found your cite and am excited to do my hair in different styles. I have thinner hair. When I try to do this style my hair seems to slip out and not stay. it kinda swoops down when I do the sides. Maybe I don’t have enough hair? Any ideas? Thanks so much for your time you put into these..

  61. Anonymous says

    Hi, Kate! I am a hairstylist in Pennsylvania. I took a picture of your cut to a friend of mine so she could cut my hair like yours. It didn’t quite turn out. Could you please describe the angles and layers of your cut so I can tell her when I go back for a trim on Tuesday. Thank you!

  62. Anonymous says

    tried this and loved it the video really helped. i have really long thick hair though so it was tricky trying to find an alternative to just tucking my ends under. could you maybe post a video of you doing this style with some who has long hair?

  63. says

    I love this style, and your tutorial was very helpful. I have fine hair, but a lot of it, and so I’m always looking for ways to put it up that will STAY. Thanks for your encouragement to spend a little time on my hair…I’m sure my husband thanks you too! :o)

  64. Anonymous says

    Your tutorials are so helpful! I get compliments everytime I go out with one of your hairstyles. Thank you!

  65. Anonymous says

    I am going to try this style tonight for a formal I am attending. I am so excited and hope it is as easy as you make it look. You are adorable too and I thank you for the great info and cute styles!

  66. Anonymous says

    Thank you for your blogs!! I dont have many ways that I wear my hair.. curly or straight. I am so excited to try these! Im about to do the elegant half up! Thanks again! off I go… : )

  67. Anonymous says

    Thank you for this hair tutorial! I have extremely long and extremely thick hair. My friend that does hair professionally wont even touch it; I have to go the same person who did my hair when I was 4 because she’s the only one who knows to block off enought time (20+ years). Anyways, this is the first one that I have found a tutorial online that actually works on my hair! I had to cross about 6 times a side, but it looks amazing! I’m going to “test drive” it tonight to see how well it stays in, but I can’t wait to do this for work! No more buns or pin-straight hair!

  68. says

    I absolutely LOVE watching all of these tutorials!I just found your blog on pinterest-i love it!thanks for giving a advice about hair styles i am very aggressive thanks a lot

  69. Anonymous says

    I just wanted to say THANK YOU!! I watched your video on how to do The Chic Updo and I was able to do my hair like that for a wedding I was just in last weekend. It was easy and turned out really cute!! I got compliments and even had one girl ask to take a picture of my hair, she is getting married in a few months and loved the style!
    Thanks again!!

  70. says

    Hi kate,
    Just wanted to thank you for making these hairstyles seem so easy for those of us who are a little challenged with doing anything “fancy” with our hair. All of the ladies at work always want to see what I have
    done with my hair when I come into work. It’s funny-they all think I am so talented! I just tell them about your blog and say if I can do it anyone can! Thanks again. :)

  71. says

    I just found your blog and I LOVE it! I have a lot of close friends/family who are hair stylists, and not one of them has been able to explain and show me how-to’s that are as simple as yours. Thank you so much for sharing! I’m looking forward to having some fun new styles to try. :)

  72. Amy says

    LOVE the half up do! You make it look so easy to do I really think I could do this one! I have curly hair and am looking for some EASY and different things to do with my mop! Thank You!!

  73. Lori says

    This is by far my favorite updo to do on myself. I combined this along with your double messy (knot) bun, I LOVE IT!! I have never been able to do hair myself until i stumbled onto this blog through pinterest! I absolutely love all your tutorials! You do a great job!

  74. says

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE your videos. I have a question for you. I have shoulder length layered hair (really thick) but no bangs. I really want to try the Elegant Half Up but I am not sure how to part my hair or if I should part it at all. Any advice would be appreciated! Thank you so much!

  75. Anonymous says

    Wanted to thank you. I have been gettng tons of compliments on my hair. I have been working my way through each one of your hair tutorials. It’s been a lot of fun. I’ve finally gotten out of my hair rut! Thanks again!

  76. Kayla says

    I would love to know what type bobby pins you use! I’ve used plenty over the past few years but none hold very well and they are extremely loose so I end up having to use a lot more than I should. Thanks so much for your videos! They are lifesavers big time :) Also, I like reading your blogs about church and things you are involved in and I’m glad to see there are other people out there who love God and are apart of churches :) It’s inspiring to people who don’t know Him.

  77. says

    this video has inspired me to do a little more with my hair in the morning.. I always end up walking out the door with my hair pulled back, but adding a little crisscross action would make it much more elegant. thanks for the tutorial!

  78. Anonymous says

    This is the only way I’ve been able to pull back my heavy and long hair back for work without giving me a headache – thank you so much for this tutorial!!!

  79. says

    I just did this hair style to go to a wedding this past weekend. I actually had complete strangers talking about my hair during the ceremony…I could hear them sitting behind me, and I had a different girl approach me to ask who did my hair, as well as some friends who were positive I had gone to a salon!!!!
    THANKS SO MUCH!!! I felt so beautiful! you did that!!!!

  80. says

    Youre so awesome.. I love your hairstyle tips.. I’ve been growing my hair out and I get tons of great ideas from you.. plus.. I LOVE your accent ( I am canadian :)



  81. says

    I’ve been watching your hair tutorials for about a year now and yours are without a doubt THE BEST out there. Super easy yet beautiful- even I can do them! Thank you SO much for sharing and making me look MUCH more hair-savvy than I actually am. You are AWESOME!!

  82. Anonymous says

    I love your inspirational videos on ways to do hair. Thank you SO MUCH for taking the time to do this for all of us with a lot less talent. You are amazing!!

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  84. says

    Thank you so much for your tutorials I find them much easier to follow than most! With this hairstyle though I find the last two pins I put in my hair has a ‘wing’ on each side left that I can’t seem to place under the rest as it is so long. My hair is only a shade longer than yours though so not sure what is going on! Thanks

  85. says

    I really like ths hair do i will surely try this soon, do give some more hair tips for long hair. my hairs are of hip length and there are very less hair tips for long hair. if u already have some tips for long hair then paste link in reply

  86. says

    Hi Kate,

    I don’t know if you will see this on here now it’s quite an old post, but I have a question. I have long hair, and it’s not very easy to style as things always drop out. I want to try this style, but I can’t get the uplift at the back when you do the first grab of the crown, I find as soon as I stick the pin in it all drops, I live in the UK so not sure I have the same access to products as you and I usually find they never work when I try them (probably me not using them correctly).

    Second question, how do I adjust this style for long hair as when I bring the sections across at the back I have all the rest of the length dangling down and can’t tuck them up with the pin. I find with most of your styles I’m struggling to deal with the extra length as I don’t know how to pin it up when there’s too much hair! Also again, it drops out!

    Any advice would be amazing! Thanks, always love your tutorials and hoping I can make them work better for me :)

  87. says

    Hi Kate,

    I’ve tried this style on my hair numerous times with no luck. My hair is really long so maybe that’s the problem? It is about halfway down my back. I’m also having trouble “hiding” the bobby pins…..the ends keep sticking out at top. Any suggestions for long hair?


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  89. Kaitlyn says

    Thank you so much for posting this tutorial! I’m getting married in a small, small, small ceremony in two weeks and was stressing about either doing my own hair or having to shell out for a sylist to do it. Now I can spend that money elsewhere. <3

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  91. Miranda says

    My hair is quite thick and still pretty short (currently growing it out from an angled bob). But I am still really happy with how this style turned out on me. This will be a go-to. Thanks!

  92. Stephani says

    Help! I think I am hair inadequate. This style looks really simple and cute yet every time I try it, it falls apart. I even have a very similar hair style as you too.

  93. Kelley says

    I found this on pintrest and did last night for a wedding I was attending! It turned out super cute! I am now subscribing to your blog!!

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